SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 03:  Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 3, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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Rian Johnson Sees Joseph Gordon-Levitt As A Modern Day Laurence Olivier
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s acting credits include “Inception,” “(500) Days of Summer,” “Lincoln,” and almost everything filmmaker Rian Johnson has directed. Johnson admires how Gordon-Levitt takes on his characters and he believes his process makes him a classic performer in a modern world.
In a video essay for GQ, Johnson said of Gordon-Levitt, “He's kind of an old-school Laurence Olivier style actor, where he kind of works from the outside to find the inside. He finds the voice, he finds the posture, he finds the costume, and that helps him find his way to the inner core of who the character is.”
How Gordon-Levitt creates his characters might explain why we haven't seen him appear in a modern superhero film, since so much of what we see in superhero movies is produced with CGI. His process might prevent him from appearing in certain kinds of films, but there are worse actors to be compared to than the great Laurence Olivier.